Enough Of The Birkin Bag Talk

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, Black people really annoy me sometimes on social media. Like, I swear, we pick the STUPIDEST fucking topics to argue over, man. Shit, with all of the REAL shenanigans going on in the world, Birkin bags are the reason for a civil war? All I know is, this bag debate has showcased a number of problematic ideals, fam. The way I see it, our priorities are ALL fucked up, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, a faction of minorities are arguing about Birkin bags on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Now, thanks to celebrities like Cardi B, Offset, Saweetie, Quavo, Yaya Mayweather and Queen Naija, there’s a sentiment going around that if men aren’t paying their women’s bills and buying them gifts like Birkin bags, then those dudes aren’t worth their salt. Furthermore, any statements to the contrary is a sign that these aforementioned men are “broke.”

Now, before I continue, let me preface this conversation. Listen, I’m a married man who’s been with the same woman for 12 years. With that being said, I have no idea how much money I’ve spent on her. Hell, I have no idea how much money she’s spent on me. Anyway, I pay bills, buy gifts and do plenty of things that men are “supposed” to do. But, in reality, my wife is my equal and we just do what works best for us. In my eyes, too many people online are adhering to gender “rules” and don’t actually understand what it takes to be in a relationship. Instead, their just playing a role to appear a certain way to other people on the internet.

Look, if a man can afford to buy his woman an expensive gift, then do it. No harm, no foul, brethren. However, it’s this “expectation” that throws me off, son. Like, my lady was with me when I was down and she’s with me when I’m up. I was with her when she was down and I’m with her when she’s up. Real talk, we mutually benefit from each other’s success. Frankly, she adds value to my life that can’t be monetarily measured. So, I have no issue buying her whatever she wants. But, I simply don’t believe in anyone dropping money JUST to secure someone else’s presence. Man or woman, everyone should have to prove their worth, man. And by worth, I don’t mean “net worth,” fam. All I can say is, money can’t buy a strong foundation. Plain and simple. Funds absolutely help, but there’s A LOT more to making a union work than that. Then again, I guess some people would rather “cry in a Phantom.”

Also, I want to talk specifically about those Birkin bags. Now, do Black people realize that Hermès makes these bags? The same Hermès that wouldn’t even allow Oprah Winfrey in their store back in 2005? For God‘s sake, we minorities LOVE cozying up to predominantly White companies that don’t give two shits about us. The truth is, this company does not deserve the publicity and THIS much of our attention. The sad part is, we never get this passionate about Black and Brown-owned brands. All in all, this conversation is a disserve to us in more ways than one.

In the end, there’s nothing else that needs to be said, man. Ultimately, the Birkin hoopla needs to die, fam. By and by, most of the people who are arguing can’t even afford the damn bag, bruh. At the end of the day, there are WAY more important topics to consider, son. With that being said, go vote, brethren. That is all. LC out.

‘The Social Dilemma’ Is Great

Disclaimer: I’m sure there are going to be some spoilers in here. With that being said, act accordingly, brethren.

So, let’s just skip the formalities and get straight to the point, son. Over the weekend, my wife and I finally watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix. All I know is, based on my own social media habits, these programming bastards are right, man. I mean, a LARGE number of us are completely addicted to these sites and apps, fam. The way I see it, it’s high time that we unplug from the Matrix, bruh.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Netflix just released a documentary that chronicles our dependency on social media. Now, to further the point, the doc interviews a number of developers and business folk who were/are intimately involved with companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. From there, these individuals outline the deliberate ways in which these companies design their products to keep users engaged. At the core, they don’t believe that there were nefarious intentions with these algorithms. However, our society has been irreparably changed by the developments.

As an example, one of the developers interviewed was part of the team that created the Like Button on Facebook. At the time, they thought it was just a cool little idea. They really didn’t envision a time when people would do outlandish shit for this type of attention. They didn’t envision a time when folks, especially preteens and teens, would harm themselves or commit suicide because of a lack of acknowledgement. Frankly, these sites have WAY too much control over our thoughts and emotions.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’m exempt from all of this. On the real, I’m OUTRAGEOUSLY addicted to Instagram. Shit, my Explore Page always keeps me engaged with copious amounts of music, MMA and Jiu Jitsu posts. Side note, there are also a few posts of women, but like I tell my wife, I don’t know how they got there! Anyway, these developers and programmers make it a point to study us. Based on our activity, they know EXACTLY what we want to see. From there, they keep us overstimulated on these apps and sell our data to the highest bidder. Hell, even the action of pulling down the screen to refresh the page was designed to affect us psychologically. All in all, a bunch of tech heads have complete control over our brains.

In the end, I highly recommend this documentary. On one hand, I think some of the background music and the dramatizations are a little overdone. On the other hand, I’m blown away by all of the ways that these companies play us like puppets. Eventually, there’s going to come a time where I unplug completely. All I can say is, the minute that I no longer need social media to promote this blog, I’m gone, son. That is all. LC out.

A Real Question For The ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Delegation

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, deep thoughts can surface at the weirdest times, man. Somehow, UFC-sponsored violence led my brain to the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter delegations. Shit, the bad blood between Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington brought out all of the social media warriors, fam. But, after wading through scores of unnecessary comments, I have a real question for the Blue Lives Matter crowd: do y’all really believe that cops are infallible?

Ok, as a quick summary, here’s what led me to this post. Now, Covington, a fighter in the UFC’s Welterweight division, is an avid Donald Trump fan and MAGA supporter. Woodley, the former Welterweight champion, took it upon himself to represent BLM. In the lead-up to the fight, Covington took to Twitter to say that he’s representing all police and military officers who’ve been “vilified.” In addition, after Covington put a thorough beating on Woodley, he proceeded to call BLM a “terrorist organization” and that Woodley was a “Marxist.”

Now, here’s where my confusion comes in. Real talk, I’ll never understand why (mostly) White people believe that BLM is some affront to law enforcement. Like, we’re literally asking for them to stop killing us and to be held accountable for misdeeds. That’s all. That’s literally all. Frankly, I don’t understand why they can’t support cops AND acknowledge when they do something wrong. Bruh, it’s ACTUALLY possible to do both. The way I see it, if Blues Live Matter really supported the police, they would want them to be fair and balanced with ALL of America‘s citizens.

I mean, why can’t people support cops and still admit that they fucked up when they killed Amadou Diallo? Why can’t people support cops and still admit that they fucked up when they killed Tamir Rice? Why can’t people support cops and still admit that they fucked up when they killed Botham Jean? Why can’t people support cops and still admit that they fucked up when they killed Philando Castile? Hell, the police KNOW that they fucked up with Breonna Taylor because they got rid of the no-knock warrant AND paid her family $12 million. Still, the Blue Lives Matter crowd won’t acknowledge ANY wrongdoing. It’s fucking baffling, son.

In the end, the division is this country is beyond toxic, man. Ultimately, we can’t agree on ANYTHING. By and by, we can’t even agree that unjustly killing people is wrong. At the end of the day, I’m reaching the point where I’m starting to believe that this nation is beyond saving. All in all, I’m just worried about making as much money as possible and contributing to Black generational wealth. Fuck all of this other shit, fam. That is all. LC out.

Herman Cain Died Over Politics

So, before I even begin, let me make one thing clear: I’m not here to speak ill of the dead. I’m not here to say “I told you so” or gloat about someone’s misfortune. If anything, Herman Cain‘s death highlights the sickness of bipartisanship in this country. I mean, people are so entrenched in this Left and Right bullshit that they’ll cut off their nose to spite their face. All in all, Cain’s death was potentially avoidable and all of our elected officials need to be held accountable for their tomfoolery.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Herman Cain, former presidential candidate and successful business executive, just died from the coronavirus. Now, there’s no way to definitively determine where he contracted the virus, but anyone with a brain can make an educated guess. So, back on June 20th, Donald Trump had his infamous rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In any case, outside of the fact that Trump held a rally at the site of the Black Wall Street massacre a day after Juneteenth, this event was notable for another reason. Essentially, everyone took pride in not wearing masks and not socially distancing.

Look, in the days leading up to the rally, Cain took to Twitter to disavow any mask mandates. Nine days later, he was diagnosed with the virus and ended up in an Atlanta hospital. Fast forward a month, he succumbed to the illness. Now, here’s my beef with this entire situation, son. Real talk, Cain died because of politics, man. Somehow, a health crisis became a bipartisan issue. So, instead of everyone taking the proper precautions to keep themselves safe, some folks are simply adhering to empty and dangerous rhetoric.

Fam, I understand that people want the country to get back up and running. Shit, I’m going through serious Jiu Jitsu withdrawal right now. But, I understand that these minor inconveniences are for the greater good. Like, bruh, seriously, is wearing a mask the worst fucking thing in the world? Is not going to a bar the worst fucking thing in the world? How did we become so fractured as a nation that quarantining can drive people insane? How did there become two sides to a cotdamn sickness? *Sigh* Cats are really dying because of allegiances to a political party and Cain is proof of that.

In the end, regardless of whether I agreed with him or not, rest in peace to Herman Cain. Ultimately, this was such a senseless and unnecessary way to go. By and by, I hope this is a lesson to everyone out there. At the end of the day, we better not let politics be the death of us. That is all. LC out.

Ain’t Sh*t Funny About Megan Thee Stallion Getting Shot

So, let me get straight to the point, son. The fact of the matter is, ain’t shit funny about a man shooting a woman, bruh. Like, who raised some of y’all muhfuckas, man? I swear, folks are so pressed about being “funny” on the internet, they’ll make memes and/or silly jokes about ANYTHING. All in all, let me break it down like this: if Tory Lanez really shot Megan Thee Stallion, then he’s the epitome of a bitch-made dude.

Ok, for those who are living under a rock, some wild shit happened in Los Angeles about two weeks ago. Now, after leaving a party that included Kylie Jenner, something happened in the SUV that was transporting Megan, Lanez and Megan’s friend, Kelsey Nicole. Originally, there was a rumor that Megan’s foot was injured due to broken glass, but she quickly debunked that story. In fact, she was the one who confirmed that she intentionally shot. That, coupled with Lanez’ arrest, made it pretty obvious that he’s the main suspect here.

Now, ever since this assault happened, the internet has been doing what the internet does: acting fucking goofy. One part of the internet (i.e. Adam22) has been alleging that Megan was either verbally or physically abusive to Lanez and this is why he shot her. Apparently, Lanez was getting too comfortable with Jenner and Megan didn’t like that. Look, before I continue, let me make this perfectly clear: unless Lanez’ life was in IMMEDIATE danger, there is NO justification for him shooting her. All I know is, when I say IMMEDIATE danger, unless she’s got a gun, a sword, a knife or the fucking Infinity Gauntlet, I don’t want to see ANYONE caping for Lanez, fam. Yes, people need to keep their hands to themselves, but hypothetically, even if she did hit him, bullets are still un-fucking-acceptable, bruh.

Anyway, ever since this debacle, another part of the internet has been making classless jokes. I mean, whether we’re talking about 50 Cent, Cam’ron or Draya Michele, some folks seem to think that violence against women is hilarious. Shit, I don’t even know how to articulate this further: MEGAN THEE STALLION GOT SHOT! Shot, son! Like, Lanez allegedly took a loaded fucking gun and violated her. For the life of me, I can’t understand how anyone can find that even remotely funny. Also, miss me with that “I have a mother, I have a sister, I have a daughter” type of talk. We shouldn’t need all of that to know that it’s fucking wrong to hit or shoot women.

In the end, I don’t even know what else to say, man. Ultimately, I find people’s lack of morals disturbing, fam. By and by, I’m slowly becoming more detached from social media because I think a lot of these cats are fucking bozos, bruh. At the end of the day, it seems like trolling is WAY more important than integrity. All I can say is, I don’t want any parts of that, brethren. That is all. LC out.

Dudes Need To Chill, If I D’ussé So Myself

*Sigh* Another day, another dude accused of some tomfoolery against women. Like, at this point, I’m running out of things to say on these issues, son. I mean, I’ve literally never understood why it’s so hard for some men to comprehend consent. For God‘s sake, there are so many women who are down for the get-down. There’s NO need to force any action with anyone. With all of that being said, ChriStylezz from D’ussé Palooza is the latest guy to be held to the fire.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Christopher Samuels, better known as ChriStylezz, is in some shit. Now, as one of the (former) hosts for D’ussé Palooza, Samuels was popular on the party scene. Shit, as a native New Yorker, I’ve been down with Palooza since it was Henny Palooza. Real talk, I’ve watched the brand grow from house parties in the city to Jay-Z partnerships and events at the Barclays Center. Needless to say, I was disheartened to hear the stories that some women had to say about Samuels.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’m an expert on this situation. However, multiple women have told similar stories about Samuels. Apparently, he’s notorious for pressuring women into having sex with him and he’s admittedly disrespectful during the process. Hell, homie even got on his own Instagram page to speak about “being an asshole.” Oddly enough, he also implored women to “bring [him] to justice” if he ever raped them. All in all, I don’t even think it’s a question of “if” he did something wrong. Clearly, even HE feels like his behavior was suspect.

To make matters worse, my homegirl showed me another post from a woman who’s making claims against Kameron McCullough, the founder of D’ussé Palooza. In addition, I’ve seen yet ANOTHER story about questionable actions by BlogXilla from Global Grind. Now, I can’t definitively say that these situations happened. So, I have to throw the word “allegedly” in there. But, nothing would surprise me because this type of behavior is frighteningly commonplace. All I can say is, I’m genuinely sad for the victims and perplexed that these incidents still occur.

In the end, I’m tired of having this conversation, man. Ultimately, I’m tired of women being taken advantage of. Fam, in one Twitter post, Samuels actually asked if it’s wrong to ask a woman for sex to give her a job. Even worse, half of the people who responded didn’t see an issue with this. *Sigh* All I know is, I’m running out of way to this say, bruh. Listen, men, consent is consent is consent. There’s no need to pressure a woman, there’s no need to threaten a woman and there’s no need to trick a woman. At the end of the day, just find someone who wants the same thing. It’s fucking simple, people. That is all. LC out.

I Don’t Believe Jay Electronica

So, let’s just skip the formalities and get straight to the point, son. Real talk, I don’t believe Jay Electronica for one second, man. Listen, I’ve been fooled by his shenanigans before, fam. I mean, this guy has been promising an album since before my oldest son was born, bruh. Keep in mind, my kid was born in 2010. All I know is, until I can actually stream/buy his album, I refuse to believe anything this guy says.

Ok, for those who missed it, Jay Electronica is trying to galvanize the Rap community again. Now, just last week, he hit up Twitter and Instagram to say that his “album [is] done.” Apparently, over a 40-day period, starting on December 26 of last year, he recorded an entire record called A Written Testimony. In any case, his “plan” is to release the album on March 18, 40 days after his announcement. In addition, the word is that Jay-Z is heavily-featured on the project. Look, all of that sounds great, but I’m still not falling for the fuckery, son.

Keeping it a buck, I’ve been disappointed by this dude before, man. Like, it’s been over a decade since he first started gaining traction and we STILL don’t have a fucking album, fam. Shit, A Written Testimony sounds fantastic, but where the fuck is Act II: Patents of Nobility (the Turn)? Fam, Jay Elec went so far as to put out a track listing for that album. Hell, he even dropped like two records from the shit and STILL didn’t put it out, man. Furthermore, he found time to do sporadic guest verses on other artists’ songs, but still couldn’t give his fans what we wanted. Now, as folks could probably tell from my tone, I’m heated, bruh.

In the end, maybe he’s telling the truth this time. Ultimately, he’d have to be a sick motherfucker to NOT put this project out after yanking our chain for so many years. By and by, I’ve given up getting excited for Jay Electronica. At the end of the day, if the album actually hits my streaming services, then I’ll get hyped, son. Until then, I’ll keep on listening to some of the songs below, man. *Sigh* This dude could (can?) really rap his ass off, fam. That is all. LC out.

P.S. Look at Jay Elec’s face in that pic, bruh. The way I see it, that’s the face of a man who KNOWS he’s full of shit. All in all, we’ll see if he’s really keeping it thoro this time. Good day.

A Letter To Ari Shaffir

Dear Ari Shaffir,

So, instead of just flying off of the handle from the rip, I want to actually get a sense of what’s going on in your head. Like, I’ll never understand why some people think it’s cool to joke about death. With that being said, I’m honestly not here to talk to you about your feelings regarding Kobe Bryant. Instead, I genuinely want to know if you have a soul at all. The way I see it, no “joke” is worth coming off as a subhuman piece of sewer shit.

Ok, to be fair, you’ve been talking shit about Bryant for years. Frankly, ever since his rape charges were dropped, you’ve been VERY vocal about how you believe he got away with a crime. Now, even though you’re clearly not a fan of the man, I was still taken aback by the fuckery you spewed on Twitter and Instagram. Son, you were literally celebrating the fact that Bryant died. Apparently, his death is a “good story” and you shouted out the “hero who forgot to gas up his chopper.” Furthermore, for some reason, you thought it was appropriate to profess your hatred of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Now, keeping it a buck, I don’t even know where to begin, man. Look, as I said above, you can feel however you want to feel about Kobe Bryant. But, you fuck-face, eight other people died on that damn helicopter! Did you hate Gianna Bryant too? Did you also hate Christina Mauser? Did you hate Ara Zobayan, the Altobelli and Chester families as well? Is your hatred of one man so strong that you’re content with the demise of several teenagers and their parents? Good fucking Lord, you’re literally one of the worst fucking people I’ve ever witnessed in my life, bruh. All in all, if you think that Bryant’s death was karma, just wait until that shit comes back on you, dumbass. All I know is, I’d bet money that almost no one will cry for you.

In the end, good luck with those “jokes,” son. Ultimately, being an asshole has brought you greater visibility than any of your comedy routines, man. By and by, I hope you run into any of the family members from the people you’ve disrespected. All I can say is, sometimes street justice is the best form of justice, bruh. At the end of the day, I’m not telling you to care about Kobe Bryant. But, if other innocent lives don’t matter to you, then who’s the REAL evil person here? That is all.

Sincerely,

A dude who only knows that you exist because of Joe Rogan

A Podcast That I Did With Randi B.

So, I’m going to try and keep this post short today, son. Now, I know that I say that a lot, but I mean it, man. Well, I guess. In any case, I just want to let everybody in on that new new, fam. With that being said, my brethren Randi B. has started a new podcast. In addition, she was gracious enough to let me get in on the first episode, bruh. All in all, what else do folks need to know?

Ok, as a quick background, Randi’s podcast, Conversations with Randi B., is available on Anchor and Spotify. Now, on this first episode, Randi and I recapped the 2010s. We talked about everything from Barack Obama/Donald Trump to social media to #MeToo to Black Lives Matter to Prince/Michael Jackson/Whitney Houston. Needless to say, we covered a lot of ground in 30 minutes, son.

In the end, there’s nothing else to say, man. Ultimately, I want everyone to go out there and support the movement, fam. By and by, folks can find links to the podcast below. Give it a listen, give us some feedback and let’s get the proceedings proceeding, brethren. That is all. LC out.

Tyler Perry: Work Ethic vs. Quality

So, I won’t lie, son. Real talk, I’m going to be talking out of both sides of my mouth in this post, man. On one hand, I respect the fuck out of Tyler Perry‘s success, fam. I mean, I tried to make that perfectly clear in my previous post about his production studio. Look, I’m in absolute awe of what this man has been able to accomplish, bruh. The way I see it, we all need to applaud a Black man who has been able to carve his place into Hollywood. On the other hand, I’ve always found his writing underwhelming as shit, bruh. With that being said, he might need to employ some writers, brethren.

Ok, for those who missed it, Perry posted an interesting video on Twitter the other day. Now, in the 35-second clip, Perry showed his audience stacks of screenplays from his MANY shows. In addition, he highlighted the fact that he doesn’t have a writer’s room and is the sole creator of all of his content. Moving on, the purpose of the video was to let people know that his work ethic was/is strong.

Now, there is NO way that I can argue with that man’s hustle, son. Keeping it a buck, it’s super impressive that he was able to get so much done in 2019. But, I also have a completely different outlook on this situation, man. Shit, as I said in the first paragraph, Tyler Perry is not that good of a writer, fam. Look, I can’t even count the number of times that I’ve cringed during a movie or a television show from that guy. The truth is, I always end up supporting because I want him to keep breaking barriers in Tinseltown. However, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like he makes prolific material, bruh.

With all of that being said, I TRULY believe that Perry would benefit from having other scribes in the room. Hell, he’s currently writing a show called Sistas on BET. For reference, the show is about how Black women work, love and live in Atlanta. Now, am I supposed to believe that Tyler Perry is the fucking expert on Black women matters? Like, he really doesn’t think that having at least ONE Black woman in the room would be beneficial? Come the fuck on, son. Yes, his work ethic is admirable, but that also sounds like an ego trip, man.

Also, as I’ve mentioned before, he has an entire production studio in Atlanta. I can guarantee that there are TONS of Black writers who would love to get down on some of his projects. So, why not just employ them, fam? Why not give them a chance to offer some different perspectives? The way I see it, working with others would be a win-win, bruh. First, his questionable writing would probably improve AND he would be giving newcomers a shot at acclaim. All in all, I don’t see how this would be a bad idea, folks.

In the end, I don’t want this to seem like I’m hating, son. If anything, I’m trying to help Perry win, man. Then again, as successful as he is, my opinion probably doesn’t fucking matter, fam. But, as a consumer, I’ve NEVER been satisfied with any of Perry’s work. By and by, based on the fact that he does EVERYTHING himself, I can see why, bruh. At the end of the day, there’s nothing wrong with getting some help, brethren. That is all. LC out.